Two vintage albums in the catalogue of much-loved American treasure Jimmy Buffetthave been restored to their original vinyl format. The multi-platinum singer, songwriter and author has been a figurehead of popular culture in the US for more than 40 years, and now has two landmark releases, 1975’s A-1-A and the 1985 compilation Songs You Know By Heart, back in the spotlight via Geffen/UMe.
The Mississippi-born Buffett’s unique persona, with his melodic and often humourous songs of love, life and the ocean, first hit the wider consciousness when he made his album chart debut in 1973 with A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. His first hit single came the following year with ‘Come Monday,’ and in 1975, A-1-A gave Buffett a first US top 30 album chart appearance.
A decade of unbroken success later, Songs You Know By Heart was released as his first compilation, and has now sold more than seven million copies. It includes ‘Come Monday’ and other signature songs such as ‘Margaritaville,’ ‘Cheeseburger In Paradise’ and ‘Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.’
Buffett, who will turn 70 on Christmas Day, has continued to perform sellout tours to the delight of his fans, widely known as Parrotheads. As an author, is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached No. 1 on both their fiction and nonfiction lists.
This year, ‘Margaritaville’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is now the inspiration for Buffettt’s impending debut in musical theatre. The production, named after the song and featuring Buffett’s music and lifestyle, will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May, 2017.
Meanwhile, he has a new holiday album, Tis The SeaSon, just out on Mailboat Records, featuring festive standards and three new songs. On 9 December, Buffett will be part of the Holiday In Brooklyn show at the Brooklyn Theatre with James Taylor and Sarah McLachlan.